Artists & Poets

16 May 2018 – 18 Aug 2018

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Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-4

Hanina Fine Arts

London, United Kingdom


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  • 1 min from Bond St tube

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Exploring European artists’ relationships with poets during the mid-20th century.


Hanina Fine Arts presents a new exhibition exploring the symbiotic relationship of artists and poets in 20th century Paris. The sheer concentration of creativity in Paris bred a fervent atmosphere in its bars and cafes. The constant dialogue and exchange of ideas between artists and poets inevitably spawned numerous collaborations, and this exhibition highlights a fascinating sample of these artists. Including:

+ Jean Deyrolle who created abstract etchings for Samuel Beckett’s “Sejour” which Beckett had to complete posthumously following Deyrolle’s sudden early death in 1967.

+ André Beaudin who collaborated on a series of works with the Dada poet Paul Éluard including “Double d’Ombre” in 1945.

+ The Spanish painter Francisco Borés who regularly illustrated work for the Ultraist and Generation 27 poets such as Lorca in the 1920’s.

+ Camille Bryen, who himself was an exponent of Surrealist “automatic writing”, bridging art and poetry, published works with Michel Butor and Jean Frémon amongst others.

+ Max Papart created wonderfully absurdist illustrations for the like-minded poets Jacques Prévert and Jean Tardieu.

+ Léon Gischia made abstract wood block prints for the avant-garde Oulipo poet Jean Lescure in 1963.

+ André Lhote who worked with several writers during his career including the Belgian “magic realist” Franz Hellens.

+ Pierre Thiriot’s monumental Ballet Russe “Chopiniana” painting incorporating Marcel Proust’s poetry.


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